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Cyclemeter for iOS: A Great App for Cyclists (and Runners Too)

I try to ride my bike most mornings, assuming it’s not pouring down rain. I ride on a trail that runs through my town, an abandoned railroad track that found a new purpose some years ago. It’s the same route most days, but it occured to me a few weeks ago that I really had no idea how far, or fast, I was riding. Being the nerd that I am, I decided to find a technology solution to this problem.

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How to Use Prismatic to Discover the News You Care About

As the title of my blog implies, I’m a curious person. I like learning, and I’m addicted to keeping up on the latest news about things I’m interested in: programming, design, and the like. Sometimes I find it hard to keep up with it all. About a month ago, I discovered Prismatic, and it’s changed how I read the web.

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How to Make the Best Cup of Coffee at Home

I am a huge fan of coffee and over the years I have tried a lot of different means of preparing it. I currently own a french press, a drip maker, and a stovetop espresso pot. All of these make good coffee, with each having its own set of pros and cons. Last year, however, I discovered the best method for brewing coffee: the Aeropress.

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Cool Tool: If This Then That

If this then that is a cool new web site that helps you automate bits of your digital life by watching for events (the “if this” portion), and then taking an action (the “then that” portion). It lets you tie together the various sites and services that you use, allowing you to do even more with them.

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Steve Jobs

My first computer was an Apple //c. 1985. I spent a lot of time on that computer. A lot. Probably an unhealthy amount.

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Backing Up Your Data With Fog

Fog, in case you hadn’t heard of it, is a fantastic cloud computing library written in Ruby. It provides a unified interface to several popular cloud computing platforms, making it easy to use them in Ruby. It’s also modular, and support for new services can be added easily. It currently supports four types of cloud services: storage, compute, DNS, and CDN.

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Handling Incoming Email With Your Web Application

This morning I was looking for a way to handle incoming email in a web application (similar to the way Highrise and Evernote let you email things to a special email address and have them put into their system).

Here’s what I found.

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The Week in Links - 12/4/2010

A sampling of the cool things I found this week. Emacs, PostgreSQL, Tea, and more.

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The Week in Links - 11/11/2010

The new and shiny links I’ve found this week. CSS, cloud computing, Emacs, and more.

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Training Your Technical Staff When You Don't Have a Budget

When budgets get tight, it can be difficult to provide adequate training for your staff. Over the last couple of years, I’ve found some ways to provide some training even in the face of a shrinking (or non-existent) budget.

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The Curiosity Project is the personal site of Larry Wright, a 30-something technologist. I live in the town of Normal, Illinois with my wife and three children. I have diverse interests, including Ruby on Rails, Agile development methodologies, design, and entrepeneurship. You'll find a little bit of everything here, but mostly technology and business stuff. The opinions expressed here are mine alone, and not those of any employer - past or present. Read more

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